PrivatAir, the Geneva-based company specializing in executive charter with large aircraft, announced the launch of a training service for employees of private jet operators. The new service aims to help operators cope with upcoming regulatory changes requiring mandatory and regular flight-crew training in areas such as safety procedures, medical requirements, handling of dangerous goods, security and crew resources management.
Despite expectations that gloomy economic times would reduce attendance at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), held January 28 to February 1 in Davos, Switzerland, ExecuJet Europe reported that it handled a record number of private jets carrying government and business leaders to the event. Total traffic was up
The organizers of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, a joint venture between NBAA and European counterpart EBAA, expect the 2009 edition of the show to be about the same size as the 2008 event, but are working on improvements aimed at making the convention better than ever. EBACE 2009 will take place from May 12 to 14 at the PalExpo convention center next to Geneva’s international airport.
The eighth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), held this week in Geneva, has shattered records for attendance, as well as orders announced at the show. At press time, EBACE was heading to fulfill projections that more than 14,000 visitors would pass through its doors to visit the record roster of 444 exhibitors. Last year’s edition drew 11,267 attendees.
PrivatAir has begun feasibility studies into launching scheduled flights from Geneva to New York using a 48-seat Boeing Business Jet. The service would aim to be the first ever “FBO to FBO” scheduled commercial air service, and would initially be built on the travel needs of three or four noncompeting corporations with major offices in Geneva, where PrivatAir is headquartered.
For the upcoming European football championship, jointly hosted by Switzerland and Austria, the Zurich police department has decided to supplement its crowd control systems using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) supplied and operated by the Swiss air force as observation platforms. Light drones are cheaper to fly than manned aircraft and will free helicopters for other tasks such as carrying personnel.
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) will take place in Geneva at least through 2009. The show’s joint organizers, NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), have decided to keep the event at Geneva’s Palexpo Convention Center for four years after this year’s event, which will take place from May 18 through 20.
Spurred by representatives from St. Gallen/Altenrhein Airport, five other smaller Swiss airports–at Bern, Buochs, Lugano, Samaden and Sion–have launched an attempt to secure a larger share of the country’s business aviation traffic.
Bombardier will hold its first Safety Standdown event in Europe following this year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. The gathering
In order to keep the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) here in Geneva’s Palais d’Expositions, show organizers have shifted the indoor exhibits from Hall 7 to the larger Hall 6 because the event has outgrown its former home. Hall 7 is not large enough to accommodate this year’s record amount of exhibit space–1,183 standard three-square-meter booth spaces (a total area of more than 38,200 sq ft).